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The Ruth Taylor Scholarship Awards

United Way is proud to work with the Westchester County Department of Social Services and the Urban League to offer the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Awards to aspiring public service professionals.

The Ruth Taylor Award Fund, established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Commissioner of Public Welfare of Westchester County and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service to the County in the field of social welfare and health, provides annual grants for scholarship awards, for tuition or maintenance, or both.

Persons interested in applying for a scholarship should anticipate an announcement being released on the websites of United Way and Westchester County DSS at in the spring. Scholarships are awarded for the Fall semester. Eligible individuals must be residents of Westchester County pursuing graduate level education on a full-time basis at accredited U.S. colleges or schools in social welfare or public health. Criteria used in evaluating applications are public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.


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Did you know that since the 2008-2009 academic year, over $101,000 in Ruth Taylor scholarships has been awarded to 40 students from Westchester?

For more information contact: Bo Zhang at 914 997-6700 x728 

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Ruth Taylor Scholarship Award committee members with the Commissioner: From left, Karen Bonaparte, V.P., Strategic Initiatives, United Way of Westchester and Putnam; Sharon Thomas, Director, Harm Reduction Program, Urban League of Westchester County; Sorraya Sampson, President and CEO, Urban League of Westchester County; Kevin McGuire, Commissioner, Westchester County DSS; John Befus, Deputy Commissioner, Westchester County DSS; Alana Sweeny, President and CEO, United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

The Ruth Taylor Award Fund Committee is pleased to announce the scholarship winners for the 2015-16 academic year:  Jocelyn Resnick of Scarsdale is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health and Wellness at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; and Anne Walden-Newman of New Rochelle attends the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in pursuit of a dual Master’s degree in social work and public health. Recipients were recognized for their commitment to public service at United Way of Westchester and Putnam's annual meeting on Monday, September 21st at the Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac, NY.

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